Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

USC Cultural Head Files Discrimination Complaint

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

USC Cultural Head Files Discrimination Complaint

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LOS ANGELES -- Dr. Pamela Porter, the director and founder of the University of Southern California's Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, has filed a formal complaint of discrimination with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing alleging USC involuntarily forced her out of her job because she is a 50-year-old Black female and a vocal advocate on race and institutional matters, according to a story in the Daily Trojan.

Potter, who has been at USC for 17 years, claims she has no knowledge of why she was asked by Dr. Michael L. Jackson, the vice president of student affairs, to sign a written agreement that required her to resign from her position as the director. Although she says she never signed the settlement agreement, Porter was placed on paid administrative leave that was "pursuant to terms of the severance agreement," Jackson claims in the complaint.

Porter charges that her allegedly forced resignation was because of her activism for the interests of Blacks on campus. She says that in 1991, she complained about the treatment of a Black dean who was forced to take a leave of absence. Then in 1994, she objected to the changing admission practices. …

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